Policy & Resources Cabinet Member – Minutes – 25 May 2012

2          (2)  SECTIONS 43 AND 47 LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE ACT 1988 SECTION 1 LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND RATING ACT 1997 – The Director of Policy and Resources submitted a report which sought to determine the level of Business Rate relief to be awarded to ratepayers in North Lincolnshire.

The Policy Committee agreed the legal position and administrative practices for dealing with rate relief on 22 January 1996.  The Corporate Services Cabinet Member on 20 February 2004 (minute 128 refers) agreed to adopt a scoring system based on set criteria for the awarding of discretionary rate relief.

Since that date the criteria had been revised several times, more recently by the Finance Procurement and IT Cabinet Member on 11 November 2011. Approval was given to the Director Policy and Resources (previously Director of Finance) to authorise relief where the level of relief remained unchanged.

The key points detailed within the report outlined that new rate relief applications for the years 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15 had been received, and the recommended level of discretionary relief awarded was based on set criteria.  Further changes to the proposed award criteria were proposed, and for applications which would see a change to the level of relief, the projected level of relief and the cost to the council were shown in Appendix C to the report.

Resolved – (a)  That the scoring system as set out within the appendices to the report be approved; (b) that the level of relief for 2012/2013 be awarded as in 2011/2012; (c)  that the level of relief in 2013/14 and 2014/15 be as set out in the report using the revised formula; and (d) that except that for one premise (ref 49/12 in appendix C to the report), the relief be as set out in the report using the revised formula in each year.

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